problem solvers.

Welcome back for day 2 of my 12 days of giveaways!

Today I want to talk about problem solvers.  When you’ve been refurbishing furniture as long as I have (25+ years), you know that running into problems is a given.  It’s rare to find a piece of furniture that just needs a coat of paint slapped on and it’s good to go.  More often, it has other problems that need to be solved first.

Luckily I have some help in that area in the form of my neighbor/handyman and number 1 problem solver, Ken.

Ken is a fixer.  He gets great satisfaction out of finding creative ways to fix things.  One of his favorite fix-it successes was the Humpty Dumpty dresser.  It was named that for obvious reasons.  All of the king’s horses and all of the king’s men may not have been able to put it together again, but Ken did.

After taking a fall off of the horses (the saw horse kind, not the kind the king’s men had), the Humpty Dumpty dresser looked like this …

But after a few days in Ken’s workshop, it looked like this …

To this day Ken still talks about how much he enjoyed rebuilding this dresser.  Sometimes I’m tempted to look for more pieces that are totally falling apart just to give Ken a puzzle to work on.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t think of a way to give away a ‘Ken’ today, but I can give away a couple of great products that help me deal with smaller problems.  The first problem being the dreaded bleed thru.

It’s always such a bummer when you realize your piece has stain that bleeds thru paint.  No matter how many coats of paint you put over this stain, the stain will just keep coming through.  But there’s a great fix for that though, Dixie Belle’s BOSS.  The drawers shown above are a great example.  They had some serious bleed thru issues as you can see on the top drawer, but the lower drawer shows how beautifully the BOSS worked to block the stain.

Another problem I run into fairly often is when a piece of furniture is missing just one drawer pull.  I always joke about this because if a piece is missing just one, it might as well be missing them all, right?

This washstand is a good example.  It was missing just one drawer pull, and I would have had a difficult time finding an exact match as a replacement.

So instead, I filled the holes for the original drawer pulls and added centered knobs to the drawers rather than pulls.

My favorite product for filling holes is Dixie Belle’s Mud, and I apply it using their little plastic spatula.

Today’s giveaway consists of these two problem solvers; Dixie Belle’s BOSS and Mud.

Plus a chip brush and the plastic spatula that works great with the Mud.

Thank you to Dixie Belle Paint Co for sponsoring this giveaway by providing these products.

The rules:  to be eligible to win today’s prize leave a comment on this blog post.  If you can’t think of anything to say, just tell me what problem you run into most often while DIY’ing.  Your comment must be left on the blog, not on Facebook or Instagram.  You are not required to follow my blog, although it would be awesome if you did!

I will randomly draw the name of a winner for today’s prize from all of the comments left on this post by Sunday, December 1, 2019 at the stroke of midnight (U.S. Central time).

The fine print: no purchase necessary, you must be 18 years of age or older to win, void where prohibited by law, the number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning, approximate retail value of prize is $40, if the prize is not claimed by Tuesday, December 3, another name will be drawn at random to win, blah, blah, blah.

Good luck!

94 thoughts on “problem solvers.

  1. Linda, I have a humpty dumpty dresser that was gifted by a very dear grandpa-like man to my family. We should talk, Ken would love it 🙂


  2. I am fairly new to your blog but I have enjoyed reading it the past few months. Love your style! I may be making a Christmas time clock today. I wish I had a Ken to help with my projects. Do you need to be able to physically come to your shop to claim a prize? I am definitely intrigued by the products you use but I live in Tennessee. The letter Q drew me to your site initially – always love a good Q name!
    Karen Q. Kinnard


  3. I was thinking how your furniture enterprise blesses a good many people. Wouldn’t be a shame if Ken did not have all of your various projects to entertain his skillset? And it seems knowing he is there probably increases the number of pieces you are able to take on. Then there is the lucky recipient of said furniture. And lastly we the readers who cannot imagine not having something from Quandie arrive in our maibox.
    Loved the products you showcased today. And how you so generally share your knowledge.


  4. I want a ‘Ken’. What an amazing job he did on that dresser. My husband can fix a lot of things, but that dresser would have been out of his wheelhouse.

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  5. Thanks for sharing the picture of your super duper fixer Ken. Sure wish you could giveaway one of him!🤣
    Bleed thru is the worst! I have tried Boss but never their Mud.


  6. Everyone should have a Ken! Thanks for sharing his pic with us. For some reason, wood filler has always intimidated me. I think it’s because the first few times I used it, I had no idea what I was doing and it showed. I’m new to Dixie Belle – just finished my first project using DB paint this weekend – and love them. Plan to try DB mud the next time I need to replace hardware or make a repair.


  7. Bleed thru is the worst!! I finished a large piece, transfer and all before I realized what happened. Needless to say, lesson learned! Thanks for all your advice and inspiration.


  8. I need to try BOSS. I use shellac often for bleed through but it will crackle milk paint. Sometimes that’s the look I want but not always.


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